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Deconstructing Me-First Faith

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Proverbs 16:9 TNIV
In their hearts human beings plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

It's so easy to live a life that revolves solely around a single agenda: our own. Everything in the surrounding culture encourages us to create the life that we want, to see the fulfillment of our own goals as the ultimate prize, to stand apart from the crowd by being truly selfish.

Of course, Christianity suggests otherwise. It tells us that meeting our own desires is not the path to godly success. Jesus quotes from the ancients in Deuteronomy and Leviticus when He reminds His audience precisely what we ought to value most: to love God with all of our energy and passion, and to love others as much as ourselves.

Selfless living does not mean placing others on an equal footing with ourselves, handing out the compassion in step with the self-indulgence. True Christianity—to be near the kingdom of God, to understand the very fibers that hold together the essence of Christianity, to put our faith into bold practice—means handing over our own agendas in place of serving God and others. It might not be sexy or culturally on-message, but it’s there, in plain and simple truth.

This devotion is adapted from an article in RELEVANT magazine. Get your own copy.

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Make a to-do list for the week. Then cross off or re-prioritize the tasks that are purely selfish or need to be re-focused to better serve God and others?

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Josiah Sprague commented…

Not that I disagree with any of this, but I'm having a hard time connecting the title, scripture, and text of this article. They seem like three separate ideas. It would be interesting to see the ideas expanded a little bit and to see more connections drawn.

Alexander Gianopulos

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Alexander Gianopulos commented…

The verse has nothing to do with what you're saying...

Elijah Jordan Mykell

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Elijah Jordan Mykell commented…

Yes it does. It is about not putting ourselves, goals and passions over YWHW (God). LORD knows best. Re-read it, you will see the connection.

Rachel Colyer

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Rachel Colyer commented…

I help lead a middle school girls small group at my church. When I asked them about how often they were in their Bible, they each gave me reasons as to why they don't have enough time to read the Word. As I began to get sad for them, I realized that I do the same thing. I read my Bible when I have time or convenience rather than placing it before everything else. Life has become all about convenience and placing ourself first. Thanks for this reminder that we need to take a step back and put God before us so we can truly love and serve those around us.

Cole Comstock

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Cole Comstock commented…

We live in a made-to-order culture, which I think not only lead to a misconception of what/who Faith is about, but also to being entangled in a life of repetitive sin. Our self-centered culture forces us to see ourselves as being "right" in what we're doing because it suits us best. This article touches on it a bit: http://bit.ly/1sIo2iB

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